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this morning on "early today," catastrophe zone. new images of destruction as chilean troops struggle to devastating quake. ice hazard. an out-of-control vehicle sends an ohio patrolman flying. and winter of discontent. why russia's president has a bone to pick with his country's olympic officials. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello, and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with waiting for relief. for those on chile's coastline,
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it wasn't just saturday's earthquake that shattered lives, it was the crushing tsunami that came just moments later. scientists say the shear strength of the quake actually knocked the earth from its axis and shortened the day by a tiny fraction of a second. but for millions of people, the real change comes in the form of a country of a people struggling for survival. our broadcast partner itn reports. >> reporter: this was the moment the tsunami swept ashore on chile's pacific coastline. the drama captured by a local television station. no one yet knows how many lives have been lost and many coastal communities are still cut off. in this small town, the waves swept ashore a deluge of mud and debris and left a sudden wasteland in their wake. fishing boats were literally picked up and dumped inland, some finishing in the wreckage of houses destroyed by the tsunami.
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"it took everything away," said this man, "everything we had. the waves swept it all away." on the juan fernandez islands, 400 miles out to sea, the tsunami left the waters littered with debris. the chilean air force rescued wounded survivors here, but another aircraft on an aid mission has crashed, reportedly killing six people. troops were on the streets in the town of concepcion, where one looter was shot dead. shops and supermarkets have been stripped by people afraid that basic supplies will soon run out. outside one store, police rounded up looters and there was some summary justice. after the earthquake and the tsunami, parts of chile are becoming increasingly lawless. tim hewitt, itt news. imposed regulations on wall street with a somewhat different approach than the one wanted by
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president obama appears to be gaining ground with senate negotiators. members of the senate banking committee are considering a proposal to create a new agency that would oversee everything from mortgages to credit cards. the agency would be housed inside the federal reserve, despite the president's earlier push for an agency that would stand alone outside of the fed. nevertheless, the white house says the agency as envisioned by senators would be able to act with independent authority. well, despite the political compromise, the plan faces tough opposition from the banking industry. and after months of speculation, former tennessee congressman harold ford jr. tells "the new york times" he will not be launching a u.s. senate campaign in new york. in an article published this morning, the democrat says while he feels he could have won, he did not want to risk damaging the party's chances in the general election by launching a contentious primary battle. both ford and incumbent senator kirst kirsten gillibrand have exchanged pointed attacks for
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weeks as they eyed a potential showdown. the governor race in california, meanwhile, appears to be gaining a new contender, or make that an old con dwrernd. according to the "los angeles times," 71-year-old attorney general jerry brown is set to make a "major campaign announcement" later today. the democrat served eight years in the governor's mansion from 1975 to 1983. he's eligible to run again because the state's current term limits were not in place when brown was serving as governor. and time now for an early look at some of the other stories making news "early today" in america. a police officer in ohio is recovering after he was struck by a car spinning out of control on an icy highway. the 42-year-old lieutenant had stopped to help a stranded motorist when he was forced to jump a guardrail. amazingly, the officer just survived multiple pelvic fractures and a ruptured eye socket. no one else was injured. in south carolina, a trapeze
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artist is in critical but stable condition after slipping and falling during his high bar performance. the accident, captured on home video, happened in front of a horrified crowd. according to a circus spokesman, the man's injuries are a risk of his business, since trapeze acts are performed without nets. michigan fire officials are parked a ladder truck on train tracks before it was struck by a passenger van. authorities say the firefighter saw the oncoming train and tried to move the $600,000 truck but was too late. he suffered a gash to the head, but fortunately, no other injuries were reported. and in california, zookeepers are undertaking the very difficult task of moving 17 glop gous tortoises. they have been transported on to a trailer while their old exhibit undergoes remodeling. and if you're wondering, the best way to move a 500-pound animal is to lure them with
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tasty vegetables. just takes a little bit of time. for your national and regional weather, here's todd santos with the weather channel forecast. good morning. they're pretty cute, aren't they? >> they are. they are pretty cute. and turtles are surprisingly fast when they're in the water. >> really? there's a fun fact from todd santos. how do you know that? >> i've been swimming in tropical waters before, trying to chase them with fins on. they just take off, usually go straight down. >> too bad it's not tropical weather around here. we would love that. >> well, thankfully, not too active in the tropics. and as far as weather's concerned, yeah, far from tropical. we have seen a few areas of light snow developing, especially across the north carolina mountains, even western virginia. this morning, though, at least across the southeast, it was looking like it was going to be a little border line. we could still see snow mixing in through north georgia, the upstate of south carolina, even charlotte, at least possible for a little snow today. so, that's going to be a travel trouble area across the northeast. notice the central u.s. very quiet from chicago back towards denver. a pretty nice setup. i want to look a little closer. we will see a chance for thunderstorms, even a slight
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chance for severe weather to pop up, especially along the florida peninsula during the daytime today. notice at least a few of these areas of more intense rain showers, especially through southern georgia. want to at least mention, they have expanded some winter storm warnings northward and actually dropped them from the atlanta area. looks like a chance for a little snow to mix in on the back of this system. even a few of those areas now actually under just some winter weather advisories for some of that snow that is on basically the tail end of this system. there's a look at the region. let's check out your local forecast. well, philly coming in with 44 degrees today with at least mostly cloudy skies out there. will it see those chances for showers and thunderstorms from tampa, certainly down through orlando. meanwhile, cleveland, ohio, 36 degrees, clouds and sun. so, lynn, at least a few of these areas, again, with temperatures just too warm for snow right now. that's great news if you're flying out of atlanta over the next couple hours. we'll look at it tomorrow, coming up. >> great news in general. todd, thank you so much. well, wheeling and dealing
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on the street. gm's turn for a recall and a direct line to redemption. toll charges apply. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, he's famous for walking on the moon, but now he's really going to be famous "dancing with the stars." shaq is on the shelf, derrick rose is chopped down and michael jordan like you've never seen him before. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry and here are some of your top headlines this morning. a series of attacks across afghanistan yesterday killed at least six nato service members. no word on their nationalities. meanwhile, afghanistan's intelligence service is banning live news coverage showing taliban attacks. it says such broadcasts enbolden militants. journalist groups say the ban will deprive the public of vital information about security. today, the head of the u.s.
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postal service is expected to discuss the future of the nation's financially struggling mail system. among the changes that the postmaster general wants in order to get his agency back in the black, reducing mail delivery from six days a week to five. russian president dmitry medvedev is demanding that his country's sports officials step down after the country's worst ever olympic performance in vancouver. and if those responsible for preparing the olympic athletes don't resign, he said, "we will help them." russia, once a powerhouse of the winter olympics, placed 11th with only three gold medals. and a massive, 3,000-year-old granite statue head of king tut's grandfather has been discovered. the eight-foot piece found in southern egypt depicts he who reigned in the 1300s bc. now here's a look at wall street opening the day. the dow opens at 10,403 after climbing 78 points yesterday. the s&p added 11 points, the
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nasdaq rose 35 points. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei gained 49 points, but in hong kong, the hang seng dipped 150 points. thanks to some welcome m&a action on wall street yesterday, march came in like a lion, dressed in bull's clothing. early word that aig is parting with its asian life insurer aia put investors in a buying mood monday. the $35.5 billion deal is a big step toward financial freedom for the bailed-out insurer that still owes the u.s. government nearly $130 billion. more corporate maneuvering boosted the nasdaq. shares of osi pharmaceutical more than doubled, yes, doubled, after rival japanese drugmaker astelis took a hostile takeover bid worth $3.5 billion directly to osi shareholders. msci, morgan stanley capital investment, will merge with risk
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metrics in a $1.5 billion deal. s sandisk announced friday that it was raising its forecast and future outlook sent its shares jumping almost 12% yesterday. reports a bailout deal is in the works for debt-ridden greece bolstered investors' confidence in the global economy and added to the upbeat mood on the street. general motors says it's recalling 1.3 million compact chevy and pontiac cars. gm is working on a fix for problems with power steering that make the vehicles difficult to steer under 15 miles per hour. and as investors look ahead to friday's job reports, white house economic adviser larry summers cautioned, don't be snowed by unusually high unemployment numbers. according to summers, blizzards that socked much of the country last month are "likely to distort statistics." and finally, catholic church leaders in france are criticizing a controversial alternative to traditional
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confession. the line of the lord service lets callers phone in confession for so-called minor sins for 46 cents a minute. the french phone company says a portion of that fee does go to charity. interesting. well, shaq meets the knife. the mavs are on a roll. and michael jordan gets smoked. plus, lebron james puts on a show for the new york knicks. your early-morning sports headlines are straight ahead. and we'll take another look at the details in the forecast for the middle of your week. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." and in sports, the cleveland cavaliers will have to carry on for the rest of the season without their big man, shaquille o'neal, who is out with an injured thumb. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. >> good morning. the cleveland cavaliers' shaquille o'neal will likely miss the rest of the season after having surgery on his right hand. shaq injured his thumb last thursday against the celts and hopes to be back for the playoffs. the cavs had no problem playing shorthanded against the lowly knicks. cavs looked like the browns in the first half, moe williams with a hail mary to lebron james for the score. off the break, delonte west tossed it up. lebron, huge double-clutch
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reverse alley-oop. west was fouled before the pass, so that didn't even count. that was the only thing that went right for the knicks. cavs crushed them 124-93. hawks and bulls in chicago. first quarter, off the miss. derrick rose went down hurt after colliding with eddie. rose would return. pass on to the fourth and check out mario west. west goes north and posterizes joe alexander. hawks soared 114-90. to charlotte, michael jordan has agreed to buy the bobcats. they could have used him on the court to cover dirk nowitzki. the mavs won their eighth straight 89-84. what was jordan's first order of business since reaching a deal buying the bobcats? how about losing two rounds of horse to a rookie? there is derek henderson taking it to jordan during a shoot-around there. were no dunks, which fared well for henderson, but there was plenty of trash talking. jordan played at north carolina, henderson attended rival duke.
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after losing the first game of horse, jordan challenged henderson to a second game. that proved to be a mistake. the rookie did the unthinkable and beat his new boss. then again, air jordan has been grounded for quite some time. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred roggin. >> very good point. well, is tiger woods still in the doghouse at home? your early morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead. plus, sure, you can celebrate on top of the world or in front of the world, but there is no place to celebrate like home. you're watching "early today."
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very good morning to you. welcome back to "early today." looking for beautiful conditions across much of the country. denver, 33 degrees and sunshine. 38 in minneapolis, mostly cloudy in chicago. and get down towards atlanta, maybe a few snowflakes starting to mix in by later this afternoon-evening hours. new york through boston, dry, quiet conditions. as the system moves off the gulf coast, could see flakes from d.c. to new york tomorrow, but not expecting any real accumulation there. you're watching us on newschannel 6 in new orleans, have a blast at the fetch! exhibit, where you'll discover why kites fly, boats float and more at the children's museum. that's your "early today event of the day." >> thank you. here's the morning headlines in entertainment. the onagain off again marriage of brooke mueller and charlie
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sheen could be off again. mueller may want out, but will use his drug and alcohol abuse against him when it comes to custody of their twins. he says he could send her to jail for domestic violence last august. perhaps that's why colorado prosecutors, according to tmz, may call in ex-wife denise richards to testify in that case. well, he comes clean, they're still married, but apparently, she still refuses to move back in with him. radar online reports tiger woods is trying hard, but elin won't budge. and finally, can pamela anderson do the mambo? "dancing with the stars" announced its new cast last night, and they're certainly keeping things interesting. joining anderson will be espn sideline sports reporter erin andrews, beverly hills bad girl shannen doherty, tv's favorite divorcee, kate gosselin. and perhaps the biggest surprise on the list, 80-year-old astronaut, you could call him the original moonwalker, buzz
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aldrin, which i think would be absolutely adorable. >> i'd love to see him and shannen doherty. >> in spandex. that will be must-see tv. this comes to us from krnv news 4 in reno, nevada, where in nearby lake tahoe, fans of all ages came out to welcome home their very own olympic champion. skier julia mancuso showed off two silver medals she brought home from the vancouver olympics. she revealed to the crowd that while she wishes that she would have won the gold like in torino four years ago, she will be back for one more try at the olympics in 2014. no doubt, she'll land the gold. >> only one more try? she's in her early 20s. >> that's actually a good point, yeah. keep it going. >> nice work, julia. >> absolutely. i'm lynn berry and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station.
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>> good morning, everyone. i am tony pann. the weather is nice and quiet. we have some cloud cover. the precipitation. temperatures are in the mid 30's. 30 -- after 5:00, in mixture of light rain and possible snow showers. we will be back in a few minutes.
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here is a look ahead to 11 news today. >> a baltimore teenager survives a brutal attack. >> coincidence or science? are we concerned it will happen in the u.s.? >> today we will learn about changes ahead for the u.s. mail. >> if you are getting ready to travel, so far so good on the major roadways. we
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